The Hill has a piece about Congressman Bobby Schilling and his wife Christie, and how House member's backgrounds impact how they represent their districts and their public policy -
Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.) made a deal with his wife, Christie — she would let him open a pizza restaurant if she could name it. So in 1996, after working with his father to build a space previously home to a travel agency, Schilling and his family opened St. Giuseppe’s Heavenly Pizza in Moline, Ill.
“I was born and raised in the restaurant business,” recalled the freshman Republican. At the tender age of 8, he began to see his parent’s restaurant up close and helped out behind the scenes, eventually becoming the head dishwasher. While he admits he didn’t enjoy the work at the time, he says it instilled in him a strong work ethic that he tries to pass along to his 10 children.
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The restaurant business is not an easy one to cut a profit in, and the hours can be long. St. Giuseppe’s was no exception.
“Starting out, it was a pretty big struggle, working 60 to 80 hours a week and not making very much money,” Schilling said. Yet with vision, discipline and a devotion to customer service, the restaurant has blossomed into the neighborhood success it is today.
The Illinois lawmaker said his background gives him a unique perspective in Congress, making him more independent-minded and allowing him to work across the aisle for the benefit of the country. “We’re trouble shooters,” Schilling said of small-businessmen, “forced to find solutions for our business. Otherwise the business fails.”
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